Today in Philadelphia Flyers history: MacLeish hat trick dethrones Kings, LeClair blasts Oilers

Al Bello

MacLeish's hat trick bludgeon Kings in Leon Stickle's return to Philadelphia; Propp, Zezel lead Flyers to eighth win in a row; blown four-goal third period lead in N.J.; LeClair's five-point night blasts Oilers

An almost-daily look back at how the Philadelphia Flyers have fared on this day, recalling some of the more memorable moments, achievements, and events that shaped the organization throughout the club's storied history

The Flyers have put together a 12-6-2-0 all-time record in 20 games played on November 6. Philly went 7-0-1-0 in contests played on this day from 1977-1990, having recorded five consecutive victories from 1977-1985.

1975 -- Ross Lonsberry scored the game-tying goal late in the second period and Wayne Stephenson made 20 saves as the Flyers earned a point 1-1 deadlock with the Los Angeles Kings at the Spectrum.

1977 -- Bobby Clarke recorded a goal and an assist and Bernie Parent stopped 28 of 30 shots to lead the Flyers to a 3-2 triumph over the Vancouver Canucks at the Spectrum.

Following a scoreless first period, Clarke opened the scoring early in the middle frame. Orest Kindrachuk doubled the Philadelphia lead less than a minute and a half later, and Bob Kelly notched the eventual game-winning goal when he gave the Flyers a 3-1 lead at 7:22 of the third period.

Reggie Leach posted his third straight game with a pair of assists and fourth consecutive two-point outing, giving him seven goals and 18 points in Philly's first 11 contests.

Vancouver netminder Caesare Maniago eas excellent in defeat, making 43 saves to help keep his club close.

1980 -- Rick MacLeish notched his 12th and final regular season Philadelphia hat trick and Bill Barber added a pair of goals as the Flyers dismantled the Los Angeles Kings by an 8-2 verdict at the Spectrum.

The matchup was much anticipated for a couple of reasons. The two clubs were atop the NHL standings, so it was kind of billed as an early-season 'clash of the titans'. It was also the first game back in Philadelphia for linesman Leon Stickle, who missed a blatant offsides call in Game 6 of the previous year's Stanley Cup Final. It remains to this day one of the biggest blunders in all of sports history, as the error led directly to a New York Islanders goal in a 5-4 Flyers' overtime loss with a chance to force a deciding Game 7 back at the Spectrum.

The contest took on a scintilating postseason atmosphere, with fans brandishing banners with derogatory sentiments directed at Stickle covering every open space of facade in the building.

Paul Holmgren and Billy Harris exchanged goals and the tilt remained tight until late in the opening stanza. MacLeish connected for his first of the game less than two minutes after Harris' goal to give the home team a lead, then Tom Gorence made it a 3-1 Flyers' advantage just 2:11 later.

Philly extended their lead on MacLeish's second of the night and the first from Barber, before Charlie Simmer made it a 5-2 Flyer lead at the second intermission.

The third period was all Philadelphia as they stormed L.A. goaltender Ron Grahame for much of the frame, outshooting the Kings by an 18-3 margin. Three more Flyers' tallies -- Barber's second of the contest, one from Tim Kerr, and MacLeish's third of the evening all came within a span of 4:05 to put the game away.

While it didn't help to rectify the crippling blow dealt to the club's championship aspirations by Stickle in the prior year's Final, the high-intensity affair did provide both the Flyers and their fans one of the most-memorable moments of the season.

1982 -- Ron Flockhart scored twice and Rick St. Croix turned away 25 shots as the Flyers doubled up the New York Islanders by a 6-3 score at Nassau County Coliseum.

Paul Holmgren's goal 40 seconds into the third period snapped a 3-3 tie before Flockhart's insurance marker in the latter stages of the stanza. Bobby Clarke hit the empty net with Rollie Melanson pulled for an extra attacker with 1:18 left to clinch the victory.

Tim Kerr and Bill Barber also scored for Philadelphia.

1983 -- Dave Poulin's goal early in the third period broke a 2-2 deadlock and Bob Froese made 21 saves to lift the Flyers to a 4-2 triumph over the Hartford Whalers at the Spectrum.

The visitors twice took a lead in the contest, first on Norm Dupont's opening tally before Tim Kerr tied it up, and less than three minutes later when Ron Francis gave the Whalers a 2-1 advantage before Brian Propp knotted the game late in the middle session.

1985 -- Brian Propp and Peter Zezel each scored a pair of goals and Bob Froese stopped 35 of 37 shots as the Flyers skated past the New York Rangers 5-2 at Madison Square Garden. It was Philadelphia's eighth consecutive win and 10th in the last 11 outings.

New York took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission but Propp quickly tied the score just 16 seconds into the middle frame. Pelle Eklund gave the Flyers the lead for good with a power play marker late in the second, and Propp and Zezel put the game out of reach with their respective second goals of the game just 38 seconds apart late in the final 20 minutes.

1986 -- Murray Craven notched a pair of goals and Brian Propp recorded a goal and two assists to stake Ron Hextall to a 5-1 lead in the latter stages of the third period, but the bottom fell out for Philadelphia as the New Jersey Devils rallied for four goals in the span of 6:14 late in the third to forge a 5-5 tie at Brendan Byrne Arena in the Meadowlands.

Pat Verbeek opened the scoring for N.J. just over three minutes into the contest, but it was all Flyers for the next 37 minutes.

Tim Kerr evened it up with a power play goal just past the midway part of the first, before Craven and Mark Howe each scored shorthanded goals 26 seconds apart with Peter Zezel serving a tripping minor to make it 3-1 at the first intermission.

Craven notched his second of the contest midway through regulation, and Propp made it look like a laugher when he made it a 5-1 Philadelphia lead heading into the third.

After a non-descript first 10 minutes, Claude Loiselle, Aaron Broten, Greg Adams, and Doug Sulliman each beat Hextall -- with Sulliman's game-tying marker coming with less than three minutes remaining in regulation -- as the Devils pulled off the near-miracle comeback.

New Jersey starter Alain Chevrier was pulled at the second intermission, and Karl Friesen stopped all 13 shots he faced the rest of the way to earn the improbable tie. Hextall finished with 34 saves.

1988 -- Tim Kerr scored twice and Doug Sulliman's late second period goal turned out to be the game-winner as the Flyers held on for a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Spectrum.

Mark Howe added a goal and three points, and Scott Mellanby also lit the lamp for Philadelphia, who won for a second consecutive game after dropping three straight.

1990 -- Rick Tocchet snapped a 2-2 deadlock early in the third period and Pete Peeters turned aside 25 of 27 shots as the Flyers defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 at Winnipeg Arena.

Tocchet also assisted on Ron Sutter's insurance goal with just under six minutes left., while Derrick Smith and Murray Baron recorded the other Philadelphia tallies.

1997 -- John LeClair scored twice and added three assists and Garth Snow made 18 saves to lead the Flyers to a 6-2 thrashing of the Edmonton Oilers at the CoresStates Center.

It was LeClair's second five-point effort of the season as the big winger scored at least one goal in his fifth contest in a row. Petr Svoboda, Rod Brind'Amour, Dainius Zubrus, and Chris Gratton also put the puck past Oilers' netminder Bob Essensa, while Gratton added a pair of helpers.

1999 -- Eric Desjardins broke a 2-2 tie early in the second period and the Flyers never looked back in a 5-3 triumph over the Los Angeles Kings at the Forum.

Mark Greig's marker less than four minutes after Desjardins' became the eventual game-winner, while Mikael Andersson (shorthanded, first goal as a Flyer), Mark Recchi, and John LeClair also beat Stephane Fiset in the win.

John Vanbiesbrouck made 15 saves to improve to 7-1-1 over the course of his last nine starts.

2003 -- Jeremy Roenick and Tony Amonte each posted a goal and an assist and Robert Esche made 20 saves to lead the Flyers to a 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals at the Wachovia Center.

Justin Williams scored a second period goal to pick up career NHL point number 100, and Keith Primeau was also able to best Ollie Kolzig in the victory.

2009 -- Daniel Carcillo scored his first two goals in a Flyers' uniform and Ray Emery turned away 28 of 30 shots in a 5-2 triumph over the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena.

Goals by Carcillo, Chris Pronger, James van Riemsdyk, and Darroll Powe staked the visitors to a 4-1 lead midway through the third period, before Carcillo hit the empty net with Ryan Miller pulled for an extra attacker in the game's closing minute for his second of the contest.

Ian Laperriere assisted on a pair of Philadelphia markers, while van Riemsdyk's goal gave the rookie two goals and seven points during a four-game points streak.

2010 -- Andreas Nodl's goal late in the third period broke a 1-1 tie to back Sergei Bobrovsky's 31-save performance as the Flyers defeated the New York Islanders 2-1 at Nassau County Coliseum to post their sixth consecutive win.

Nodl was able to put the rebound of Eric Wellwood's shot past Dwayne Roloson, who had made the initial save with his mask.

Mike Richards, who scored Philadelphia's first goal when he redirected a Chris Pronger point shot past Roloson late in the opening period, added an assist on Nodl's game-winner to make it 17 victories over the Isles in the last 18 meetings between the clubs.

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